death certificate

noun

Definition of death certificate

: an official document that gives information about a person's death (such as when and how the death happened)

Word by Word Definitions

death play
  1. : a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions : the end of life — compare brain death

  2. : an instance of dying

  3. : the cause or occasion of loss of life

certificate play
  1. : a document containing a certified statement especially as to the truth of something

  2. : something serving the same end as a certificate

  3. : a document evidencing ownership or debt

  1. : to testify to or authorize by a certificate


Law Dictionary

death certificate

noun

legal Definition of death certificate

: a document setting forth information (as age, occupation, and place of birth) relating to a dead person and including a doctor's certification of the cause of death
Note: Death certificates are issued by a particular public official, as a city or town clerk. A death certificate is required to document a person's death for certain purposes, as to file an estate tax return or to probate an estate.

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